November Newsletter

Many of the Cornerstones activities are meeting as normal now although we are still not quite back to pre-pandemic levels.  Coffee Mornings  are being held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and we do encourage you to come along to have a coffee and a chat with friends.  Special events for November are:


Sat 6th November                            The Boys Brigade  are hosting the  Coffee Morning for the Christmas Fayre and their own funds

Sat 13th November                          Joan Moore is hosting the Coffee Morning for Church Funds

Fri 19th  November                           ‘Friday Night is Music Night’  –  the second of the present series.  These virtual concerts are proving to be very popular.  If you haven’t yet logged onto one  why not give it a try this time.  You might be surprised at how much you’ll enjoy it.

Sat 20th November                          The Brownies are hosting the Coffee Morning for the Christmas Fayre and their own funds

Sat 20th November at 7.0pm        Tear Fund Big Quiz. £5 adults, £3 children.  This is being organized by Neil Garlick, our Children and Families Worker.  More details elsewhere in this magazine.

Sat 27th November                          Christmas Fayre from 9.0am – 12.30pm.  There’ll be lots of stalls so please tell your friends and bring them along to start your Christmas shopping.


A series of 4 Christmas Craft mornings have been arranged, showing how to make Christmas cards,  ribbon wreaths, needle felting and bauble decoration.  The first 3 mornings will be open to all abilities with the 4th morning planned for the more experienced crafter.  The dates are:

Sat 13th November                          1.0 – 4.0pm

Thu 18th November                         9.30am – 12.30pm

Mon 22nd November                      9.30am – 12.30pm

Sat 4th December                             1.0 – 4.0pm

                                                                Please register with the office.


Jesus commissioned His disciples to go out into the world to spread the Good News.  Through Cornerstones we have the opportunity to carry out this task.   We have hundreds of people using our premises every week.    What else are we about as Christians if not to spread the Good News.  Let’s all try to carry out Our Lord’s commands among them.

Jean  Dobson



Isn’t it good to have our building buzzing with activity again as more and more of the Cornerstones groups begin meeting after lockdown?  Most of the groups have now restarted with just a few still reluctant to meet because of fears of transmitting Covid.   Every possible measure has been taken to ensure that our building is safe but it may take a while before everyone feels quite confident about mixing with others.

The Cestria branch of the University of the 3rd Age  (U3A)   is recommencing on Wednesday, 6th October at 10.0am.  A new  Beginners’ Computer Class for Mature Students  will be held on Thursdays from 9.30am – 11.30am starting on 14th October until 16th December.  The cost will be £4 per session.  The  Women’s  Fellowship has resumed on Mondays at 2.0pm.  Coffee Mornings  are now being held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Ballroom Dancing  is back on Wednesdays from 7.45 – 8.45pm.    The  Prayer Shawl Group has recommenced and is meeting on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.  On Tuesday, 26th October there’s to be a   Fashion Show.  Full details will be given later.   Pilates  classes are not being held at present as Jana, the teacher has just had a baby girl.  The Friday group of Narcotics Anonymous has been cancelled due to low numbers but the Saturday group will continue to meet.

We’re delighted to announce that our very popular   ‘FRIDAY  NIGHT  IS  MUSIC  NIGHT’  concerts are returning for another series.  The dates for your diaries are:

15th October

19th November

17th December

The December concert will be a special Christmas edition with a lovely surprise so make sure you don’t miss it!   Zoom codes will be circulated nearer the time.

2 more dates for your diaries:

In the week beginning Monday, 8th November there will be   4   Christmas Craft mornings teaching how to make Christmas cards,  ribbon wreaths, needle felting and bauble decoration.  The first 3 mornings will be open to all abilities with the 4th morning planned for the more experienced crafter.

This year’s   Christmas Fayre   will be held on Saturday, 25th November.

Cornerstones was launched as the outreach arm of our church.  Outreach is a word which seems to intimidate some people. They think of it only in terms of  a big Christian mission and that it has little or nothing to do with them.  However outreach (or reaching out)  is much more often done without thinking, quietly and without fuss, by people like ourselves simply going about our normal day to day lives.  If we show God’s love  in our lives by doing small acts of kindness for people, or going the extra mile to help them, then we are ‘reaching out’  and following Jesus’ command to  love our neighbour.   The great theologian   C.S. Lewis said.

‘The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ.  If it is not doing that, then all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, and even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time.  God became man for no other  purpose’.

Whether our outreach is in the form of  volunteering for one of  Cornerstones’ activities,  making a casserole for someone who is ill, or perhaps spending time with someone who is lonely, then we are in fact ‘reaching out’ to draw others to God.  If we use our imaginations and try to think ‘outside the box’ we may be surprised where it will lead.

Jean  Dobson

Vacancies for Volunteers at Cornerstones Centre for the Community/CLS Methodist Church

Do  you  have  a  few   hours  to  spare  on  a  regular  basis?

Would  you  like  to  join  our  little  army  of  Cornerstones volunteers?

If  so  we  have  vacancies  for  the following  posts: 


Helping to sell the enormous variety of bric-a-brac which is donated.  Duties include setting out the stall the previous day.  Please contact Joan Evans (tel:  0191 3881313) or email 


Helping to cook and serve subsidised lunches.  These lunches are open to all the community.  Please contact Denise Holmes or Lesley Walton (tel:  0191 3881313) or email 


Helping to make and serve teas and coffees.  The coffee mornings are open to all the community.  Please contact Denise Holmes or Lesley Walton (tel:  0191 3881313) or email 


             Make Lunch is an hour of activities for families during school holidays, followed by a hot meal for families and volunteers to share together.  Volunteers could help prepare the meal, run activities for the children or chat to the adults.  Contact Neil Garlick (tel: 07855 386292) 

All these posts are as part of a friendly team working on a rota basis, usually once a month (except for the ‘Make Lunch’ team).  It’s an opportunity to meet people, make new friends and to be of service to the community we live among.

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Thank you to Allchurches

We are pleased to announce that the cost of improving disabled access to the Church has been supported by a grant of £1,150 from Allchurches Trust. Thanks to the Allchurches Trust grant, together with other support, we are now able to replace the hand rails on the outside ramp and install electronic doors to the building. It is hoped the work can be completed within the next few weeks.

Cornerstones – A Journey of Faith

A little booklet entitled  ‘CORNERSTONES  –  A  JOURNEY  OF  FAITH’  has been produced.  It tells the story of Cornerstones from its unlikely beginning because of a leaking roof to the thriving entity it is today.  It tells how the Church members worked very hard to raise the funds to build our beautiful suite of premises,  the official launch of Cornerstones in 2010, and how it has grown and developed over the years since.  If you’d like a free copy of this fascinating booklet, copies are available at the Church Office.

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